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11:40 AM ET, January 23, 2022

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Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants hiring Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen as next general manager  —  The Giants believe in another Joe now.  —  Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen - pronounced “Shane” - was announced on Friday as the franchise's next general manager.  —  Schoen received the news back in Buffalo …
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Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants on verge of hiring next GM: Joe Schoen, Ryan Poles or Adam Peters  —  The Giants are on the verge of naming their fifth GM since 1979.  —  Friday should be the day.  —  San Francisco 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters' Thursday trip to the Giants' facility in East Rutherford, N.J. …
Michael Eisen / Giants.com:
Giants interview Bills OC Brian Daboll for head coach  —  EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll became the first candidate to interview for the Giants' head coaching position.  —  Daboll, 46, spoke Friday evening via videoconferencing with team president John Mara …
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
In surprise, Ravens fire defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale after disappointing season  —  The Ravens have fired defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, a surprising shakeup that comes less than two weeks after the end of a disappointing season.
Discussion: Mercury News
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens rookie report: How all 8 draft picks fared, and what's in store for next season  —  The Ravens' 2021 draft class defies easy narratives.  In late April, general manager Eric DeCosta opened it with a rarity: two first-round picks.  By late August, the eight-player haul had already been reduced to six …
Discussion: Boston Herald
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Associated Press:
Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022, one step away from major league baseball  —  NEW YORK — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season.  Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Cubs Insider
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
MLB kills Rays' split-city plan with Montreal  —  Team officials say they have no immediate plans to explore relocation to another market, and Stuart Sternberg has no plans to sell the team.  —  Updated Just now  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' proposed plan to split seasons in Montreal …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB  —  The Tampa Bay Rays' inventive, controversial plan to split their home schedule with the city of Montreal was scrapped by Major League Baseball officials earlier this week, a decision that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg called “flat-out deflating.”
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
David Matthews / New York Daily News:
Ex-Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre sentenced to prison for 2020 murder of toddler in Mexico  —  Former Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre is going to be behind bars for a long time after he was convicted of murdering his ex-partner's daughter.  —  Mitre was convicted of femicide after raping …
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Cubbies Crib
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB Players Association to make counteroffer to league in Monday meeting  —  The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to make an in-person labor proposal to the league on Monday, sources told ESPN, countering MLB's offer last week that did little to loosen the gridlock …
Dan Arritt / Orange County Register:
Cal State Fullerton edges UC Irvine, stays perfect in Big West  —  E.J. Anosike has 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Titans to a 65-63 victory that gives them their best start to conference play since the 2017-18 season  —  IRVINE — E.J. Anosike has brought something new to the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team.
Discussion: Denver Post
 
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